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At Pinnacle College, we want to make sure that every student we enroll has a passion for music and sound. And, after you graduate, we want to make sure that the audio field (audio engineering, music production) remains your passion.

We begin this at the admissions process. To be considered for enrollment applicants must have a High School Diploma or General Educational Development (G.E.D.) certificate or a certificate that demonstrates they have met the requirements of the High School Proficiency Exam. For applicants under the age of 18, we will need written approval from a parent or guardian. We do, on limited bases, allow students who did not graduate from high school to enroll on Ability to Benefit (ATB) basis.

Additionally, because we want to make sure all applicants have the minimum Math and English proficiency to succeed, we administer an evaluation prepared by Wonderlic, a nationally recognized student and employee assessment company.

But it is not just about whether we think you are the right candidates for us; it is also about whether we are the right school for you. This is why part of the admissions process is to meet with an admissions director so you can ask questions directly related to the program of your interest. You will also be scheduled for an onsite tour, so you can evaluate our facilities—classrooms, labs, studios and live rooms.

Of course, you will be required to have a government issued picture ID and have a valid social security card. Because you are applying for post-secondary education, you must also be at least 16 years old.

You will enjoy the admissions process, which will give you a preview of what to expect: individualized attention and complete disclosure on the enrollment process. We encourage you (and your family) to stop by and talk to our admissions team. Welcome to Pinnacle College!



To accommodate your needs, Pinnacle College offers day and evening classes at the recording school.

  • Day classes for Music Production Recording Arts meet at 9:00 AM, for Audio Engineering at 11:00 AM & evening classes meet at 5:30 PM.
  • Sessions are held Monday through Thursday--no class on Fridays.
  • A Weekend Class (Friday and Saturdays).
  • An "early bird" schedule for the "I-am-a-morning-person" student.

The school has an excellent teacher-student ratio: the average number of students attending our class is ten.

Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis and classes fill fast. Call our Admissions Department at (626) 284-0050 in Los Angeles and (916) 366-3431 in Sacramento - or simply fill out the form on the left - to schedule a tour and meet with an admission representative at the audio engineering school.




We understand the importance, especially when it comes to choosing the proper education for your child's professional future, of doing your research and being 100% sure before making a decision on an academic institution.

Pinnacle College has worked very hard to maintain high standards of excellence and is always here to answer questions you may have as we show you some of the many reasons why choosing Pinnacle College is the right decision.

Some of the many benefits in choosing Pinnacle College include:

Academic and Professional Excellence

Our classes are taught with your child's future in mind. Our various certificates and Associate of Applied Science degree programs blend a mixture of theory and lab experience that prepares students for careers in music production and sound design. In addition, our small class sizes with our expert instructors ensure each student gets the personal attention needed.

Financial Assistance

At Pinnacle College, we believe education is an investment in your future. That's why we strive to make our programs affordable to students of all kinds. The school is approved by the Department of Education to administer Title IV (student grants and loans) to eligible candidates. We will work with you to ensure you have all the information you need for educational student loans. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

A History of Success

Pinnacle College graduates are working for recording artists, recording studios, post-production facilities, radio, live production venues, television and film companies nationwide. Our students have worked with artists such as Elton John, Limp BIzkit, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Korn, Dr.Dre, Outkast, Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith, LL. Cool J, Celine Dion, Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Akon, Weezer and many more. They have worked at studios such as ABC, Capitol Records, MCA/Universal Studios, NBC, Disney Studios, Sony Music, Fox Sports Net, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers. Graduates have also gone on to receive numerous awards in the industry including Pinnacle graduate Paul Ottoron, who won an Oscar for the movie Hurt Locker.

Industry Standards of Excellence

Since our founding as a sound engineer school 40 years ago and subsequent accreditation, we have worked very hard to maintain the highest academic standards and outcomes. We place great value on our accreditation and the standards of our accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), as well as being an authorized college by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).




Pinnacle College offers programs in Audio Engineering and Sound for Video Games. You can download our catalog using the links below:




Pinnacle College does not have dormitory facilities under its control. The school has no responsibility to find or assist a student in finding housing, however, upon a student's request, Pinnacle College of Los Angeles can provide direct or third party referrals to assist out-of-state students with their housing needs. There are plenty of apartments and/or rooms for rent within a 5 mile radius of the school starting between $500 (room) and $700 (studio apt). Please contact the admissions office for more information.

Upon request Pinnacle College of Sacramento will provide a list of apartments available within a 5 mile radius of the Sacramento campus. Apartments range in price from approximately $695 to $1285 and up depending on location and desired amenities. Please contact the admissions office for more information.



“Great set-up and excellent program for a more than promising future in the Entertainment Industry.”
 - Xavier

“A great step to take in life, if music is your life than i'd advise you to check it out!”
- Albert

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